I study Mathematics and Sport and Exercise Science. My third year modules are Environmental Physiology, Techniques in Neuroscience and Neurophysiological Basis of Movement and Posture. I have also studied psychology, exercise physiology and biomechanics.
I decided to come to the University of Birmingham as Sport and Exercise Science had an excellent reputation, and when I visited, the facilities and staff were great. It also had a good Hockey team and was becoming a National Performance Centre for Hockey.
The Sport and Exercise Sciences course at Birmingham offers a wide range of subjects to study and the facilities are top class. I will use the information I have learnt to help me become the best athlete I can be and hopefully will become a teacher.
My personal highlight of your time at Birmingham has been reaching the semi-finals of BUCS in my second year.
Campus life is great; it is useful being so close to everything. With a heavy training schedule it is very useful living so close to campus and the sports centre. This means I can go home between lectures and training to eat and sort out work.
I love living in Birmingham, it’s an excellent and vibrant city. Living in Selly Oak is great; it is a five minute train journey into the city centre and a two minute walk onto campus.
I play in the University of Birmingham Hockey First XI. I have played Hockey since I was seven and have represented England U16, U18, U21 and England A, winning the four nations in 2009. I also ran for my country in 2005. The sport scholarship at Birmingham is excellent and offer lots of workshops to help us improve our understanding and development as athletes. The coaches are top quality and have helped me improve. The facilities are first class. There are lots of different sports offered at the University for a wide range of abilities.
My top tip to students thinking of coming to study at Birmingham is make sure you organise your time, so you don’t fall behind with subjects and miss training and don’t miss out on socials.
My aspiration is to play in the Olympics. My time at Birmingham has allowed me to train hard with top quality facilities like a full-time athlete. I would like to become a secondary school teacher and the course has helped me learn skills that are required.